Can Household Mold Cause Hair Loss?
Household mold can cause a variety of health problems, but did you know it can also cause you to lose your hair? Most hair loss is a product of genetics, but health experts have found that mold exposure can also be a contributing factor to hair loss. There are two ways you could be losing your hair from household mold. The first is mold allergies which cause hair loss by disrupting your body’s natural hair growth and the second is fungal infections that create an environment on your skin that reduces hair growth.
Hair Loss From Allergies
Mold causes many people to have allergies. These allergies cause hair loss because they trigger your body to produce histamines. Histamines are a product of your body’s immune response to an allergen. Histamines cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation slows down your circulation and disrupts the flow of blood to your capillaries. You hair follicles rely on capillaries to grow hair. If the flow of blood is cut off, the hair follicle is not being fed. The unfortunate by product of these histamines blocking the blood to your hair follicles is that your hair will then fall out. If you have a household mold infection, you could be triggering your allergies and creating histamines that lead to hair loss.
Hair Loss From Fungal Infection
Fungal infections can be caused by mold spores in your home. Fungal infections are usually a skin infection, but can also be an internal infection. If you get a fungal infection on your head, you can begin to lose hair. Fungus will cause hair loss two ways. First by attacking and consuming the hair itself, causing it to disappear. Secondly, by blocking and attacking the hair follicles so they do not produce new hair growth. Symptoms of a fungal infection include inflamed and red area, with cracked, itchy skin. The presence of a lot of mold spores in your home can cause a fungal infection and create a hostile environment on your skin for hair production.
The best way to ensure that mold is not causing you to lose your hair is to call the experts at AA Action Waterproofing. Our licensed contractors will check your home for mold and put together a comprehensive plan for mold remediation. So keep your hair by calling us today.